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Charted: Dec. 13, 1969

Rating: 4.625 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: “One of the greatest pure rock & roll records ever cut.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Down on the Corner
  2. It Came Out of the Sky
  3. Cotton Fields
  4. Poorboy Shuffle
  5. Feelin’ Blue
  6. Fortunate Son
  7. Don’t Look Now (It Ain’t You or Me)
  8. The Midnight Special
  9. Side O’ the Road
  10. Effigy


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 10

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Down on the Corner (10/25/69) #3 US, #31 UK, sales: 1.0 m, air: 3.0 m
  • Fortunate Son (10/25/69) #14 US
  • Cotton Fields (12/5/81) #50 CW


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums

Willy and the Poor Boys
Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Make no mistake, Willie & the Poor Boys is a fun record, perhaps the breeziest album CCR ever made. Apart from the eerie minor-key closer Effigy (one of John Fogerty's most haunting numbers), there is little of the doom that colored Green River. Fogerty's rage remains, blazing to the forefront on Fortunate Son, a working-class protest song that cuts harder than any of the explicit Vietnam protest songs of the era, which is one of the reasons that it hasn't aged where its peers have. Also, there's that unbridled vocal from Fogerty and the ferocious playing…, which both sound fresh as they did upon release.” STE

“‘Fortunate Son’ is one of the greatest, hardest rock & rollers ever cut, so it might seem to be out of step with an album that is pretty laid-back and friendly, but there's that elemental joy that by late '69 was one of CCR's main trademarks. That joy runs throughout the album, from the gleeful single Down on the Corner and the lazy jugband blues of Poorboy Shuffle through the great slow blues jam Feelin' Blue to the great rockabilly spiritual Don't Look Now, one of Fogerty's overlooked gems.” STE

“The covers don't feel like throwaways, either, since both Cotton Fields and The Midnight Special have been overhauled to feel like genuine CCR songs.” STE

“It all adds up to one of the greatest pure rock & roll records ever cut.” STE

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Last updated February 18, 2010.